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2018 KENTUCKY BASEBALL WEEK 3 IN REVIEW

OVERALL RECORD: 11-1

WEEK RECORD: 4-0

LAST WEEK

Feb. 27 – Win, vs. Western Kentucky, 4-3

Mar. 2 – Win, vs. #19 Houston^, 14-2 (7 innings)

Mar. 3 – Win, vs. #20 Sam Houston State^, 7-2

Mar. 4 – Win, vs. Louisiana^, 10-4

^Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic (Houston, TX)


THIS WEEK (5 home games)

Mar. 6 – vs. Eastern Kentucky (4 p.m., Cliff Hagan Stadium, Lexington, Ky., SECN+)

Mar. 7 – vs. Northern Kentucky (4 p.m., Cliff Hagan Stadium, Lexington, Ky., SECN+)

Mar. 9 – vs. #3 Texas Tech (4 p.m., Cliff Hagan Stadium, Lexington, Ky., SECN+)

Mar. 10 - vs. #3 Texas Tech (1 p.m., Cliff Hagan Stadium, Lexington, Ky., SECN+)

Mar. 11 - vs. #3 Texas Tech (1 p.m., Cliff Hagan Stadium, Lexington, Ky., SECN+)

PLAYER OF WEEK NOMINEE

LUKE HEYER (Senior, INF/OF)

  • Batted .667 (10-of-15) in four games with six runs, six RBI, two doubles (one a ground rule double) and three home runs.
  • Also drew two walks and stole a base.
  • Had 21 total bases for the week and slugged 1.400.
  • During the Shriners College Classic at Minute Maid Park over the weekend he hit .727 with 1.727 slugging percentage (five runs, six RBI, two doubles, three home runs).
  • Crushed two home runs in the win over #19 Houston, including off All-American Trey Cumbie, and another in the win over #20 Sam Houston State.
  • Recorded the game-winning RBI in wins over #19 Houston and #20 Sam Houston State.
  • His infield single in the bottom of the ninth vs. Western Kentucky kept alive what would end up being a four-run rally that ended up in the Cats’ first walk-off win under coach Nick Mingione.
  • A third baseman by trade, he slid into LF with the injury to All-American Tristan Pompey that kept him out of the starting lineup all week.
  • Is now hitting .462 in 11 games this season with 13 runs, 16 RBI, 3 doubles, 7 home runs, 5 walks and 3 steals. He owns a 1.077 slugging percentage and .543 on-base percentage.

TEAM NOTES

  • Kentucky’s 11-1 start to the season is the best for the program since the 2013 club also opened up 11-1.
  • The offense has …
    • Hit a home run in all 12 games this season.
    • Scored 77 runs in the past seven games.
    • Recorded 62 extra base hits this season.
    • Scored 31 runs on 39 hits in two games in Houston.
  • The team hit .343 this week with 35 runs, 19 extra-base hits and a .440 on-base percentage.
  • The pitching staff had an ERA of 2.12 for the week with 36 strikeouts and just six walks.
  • UK is 6-0 in the state of Texas the past two seasons, with five of the wins against ranked foes.

PLAYER NOTES

BEN AKLINSKI (Junior, OF)

  • Hit .353 with four runs, two doubles and six RBI for the week.
  • Had a career-high four RBI vs. Houston.

LUKE BECKER (Senior, INF)

  • Recorded the first two triples of his career in back-to-back games vs. #19 Houston and #20 Sam Houston State.

T.J. COLLETT (Sophomore, C/1B)

  • Has a career-long 11-game hitting streak
  • Collett’s home run gives him seven on the season.
  • He has homered in back-to-back games and in six of the past eight games overall.
  • For the weekend Collett hit .583 with two doubles, two home runs, five runs and five RBI.

KOLE COTTAM (Junior, C/1B)

  • Became the 51st member of Kentucky’s 100 Hit Club with his home run on Friday vs. Houston.

SEAN HJELLE (Junior, RHP)

  • Got the win vs. Houston (3/2) by 6.0 innings while giving up six hits and two runs (one earned), walking one and striking out two.
  • Hjelle is now 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA in his first three starts.
  • Hjelle’s 18 career wins move him into a tie with Doug Sutton (1986-88) for 11th on UK’s career list.
  • In two starts in the state of Texas the junior is 2-0 and has given up one earned run in 15.0 innings of work. He threw a complete game shutout at Texas A&M last March.
  • His career winning percentage of .783 (18-5) ranks third on the school’s career list.

RYAN JOHNSON (Junior, OF)

  • Hit .357 with six runs, four RBI, a double and two home runs for the week.
  • Johnson’s home runs vs WKU and Houston concluded a three-game home run streak for him. He is the second Wildcat to do that this season, joining T.J. Collett.
  • Nine of his 14 hits this season have been for extra bases (six doubles, three home runs).

TRISTAN POMPEY (Junior, OF)

  • Pinch hit twice during the week, drawing a walk and lacing a double.
  • Now owns a 44-game reached base safely streak.

TROY SQUIRES (Senior, C/1B)

  • Squires now has 25 SAC bunts in his career, moving him from seventh to fourth place on the career SAC bunts list. He is currently tied with Justin Scutchfield (2003-06) and two behind Matt Reida (2011-14) for third.
  • Squires has been hit by eight pitches this season and 22 for his career.
  • Had two-run, two-strike, two-out game-tying hit in bottom of ninth vs. WKU.

ZACK THOMPSON (Sophomore, LHP)

  • Earned the win vs. Sam Houston State by going 6.0 innings with four hits, no runs, one walk and seven strikeouts.
  • Thompson is now 10-3 in his career for a .769 winning percentage, ranking fourth on UK’s career win-loss percentage list.
  • Thompson has only allowed 6.19 hits per nine innings in his career, which ranks second on UK’s all-time list.

JUSTIN LEWIS (Junior, RHP)

  • Got the win against Louisiana, the 11th of his career.
  • Pitched 6.0 innings, giving up seven hits, four runs (two earned) walking one and striking out seven.
  • For the season, Lewis has struck out 27 hitters and walked just two.
  • His career winning percentage of .733 ranked fifth on UK’s all-time list.
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